Book Review: Truly by Ruthie Knox

Truly by Ruthie KnoxTitle: Truly
Series: New York, Book 1
Author: Ruthie Knox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: August 5, 2014 by Loveswept

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After relocating to Manhattan from the Midwest to be with her long-distance boyfriend, NFL quarterback Thor Einarsson, May receives the world’s worst marriage proposal, stabs the jerk with a shrimp fork, and storms off alone—only to get mugged. Now she’s got no phone, no cash, and no friends. How’s a nice girl supposed to get back to safe, sensible Wisconsin?

Frankly, Ben Hausman couldn’t care less. Sure, it’s not every day he meets a genuine, down-to-earth woman like May—especially in a dive in the Village—but he’s recovering from an ugly divorce that cost him his restaurant. He wants to be left alone to start over and become a better man. Then again, playing the white knight to May’s sexy damsel in distress would be an excellent place to start—if only he can give her one very good reason to love New York.

Reviewed By: Babs

Why I Read This Book: I’ve read another book by Ruthie Knox and liked it a lot.

In a Nutshell: I really enjoyed this book. Both the hero and heroine are awesome characters. Such a great love story!

The Set Up: May is in New York City with her boyfriend, causes a scene, and then ends up alone in a Packers bar. She meets Ben at the bar.

What I Liked: I liked the cute meet—both Ben and May happen to be from Wisconsin and happen to be in the same Packers in New York City at the same time. What are the odds? It’s fate!

I just found this story super romantic. They are trying to make the other see what’s so great and lovable about the other person. And I love that they saw the real person beyond the surface of Ben’s anger and May’s meekness. I feel like May blossomed with Ben’s attention.

Ben is my favorite of the book. More growly Ben! He has his butthead moments but redeems himself.

I identified with May about New York City. It took me three trips before I got what was special about the city. (Not special enough for me to live there but definitely visit again!)

I also liked that Ben had to go on his own journey at the end to get back to May. And come to May on his own terms.

What I Didn’t Like: I felt like the events towards the end were a little cheesy. I get why Ben stuck around but I think May should have acted sooner and just told everyone (her family, etc.) who Ben was to her.

Overall Impression: Fabulous read! I heaved a big happy sigh when I finished reading. I highly recommend this story to contemporary romance fans. I look forward to the next book in the series, which comes out early next year.

Bab’s Rating:
4 1/2 Frogs

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